Alzheimer’s: Every Minute Counts on PBS January 25th

 

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Alzheimer’s is a progressive brain disease that causes a slow decline in memory, thinking and reasoning skills. It is the 6th leading cause of death with no known cure. It is not a normal part of aging and because of the increase of those afflicted with the disease, the cost of care is rising.

Tomorrow on PBS for anyone who I dare say wants to know more about the disease, its effect on caregivers, on families, the rising cost of care, and how that will affect us all then please turn the dial, or set your DVR to, Alzheimer’s:Every Minute Counts, as I say welcome to the world that we advocates live in.

Alzheimer’s: Every Minute Counts, premiers tomorrow January 25, 2017, at 10p ET, and it’s an urgent wake-up call about the national threat posed by Alzheimer’s disease. Many know the unique tragedy of this disease, but few know that Alzheimer’s is one of the most critical public health crises facing America. This powerful documentary illuminates the social and economic consequences for the country unless a medical breakthrough is discovered for this currently incurable disease.

See the video: www.pbs.org/video/2365872329/

Harris Tea Company Joins the Fight Against Alzheimer’s

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It’s the season of giving back which is the perfect time to tell you about a company that is giving back to helping the Alzheimer’s Association®s vision of a world without Alzheimer’s.

Harris Tea Company is as passionate about giving back as they are about creating the perfect blend of tea and from June 1, 2016 – May 31, 2017, they are donating 10 cents from each box sold of Harris Green Tea, Decaffeinated Green Tea and Decaffeinated Black Tea to the Association with a minimum annual donation of $25,000.

Harris Tea Company, sources teas from regions spanning the globe to create savory comforting blends. Their experts cultivate relationships with suppliers all over the world, to create each unique blend of tea that is then proudly blended and packaged in the U.S.A. in their GFSI (BRC) certified facility.

With over 150 years of combined tea experience, those of us in the fight against Alzheimer’s would say Harris Tea’s support and advocacy for the Alzheimer’s Association® is their best blend to date.

Harris Tea Company, is a regional branded tea leader located in Moorestown, New Jersey. To find out where you can buy their tea or to learn more about their company, visit their website at Harris Tea Brand.

Or send them love for their support on Facebook at HarrisTea .

The Alzheimer’s Association®  is the leading voluntary health organization that works on global, national and local levels to enhance research, care and support for all those affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementias. The Association is committed to accelerating the global progress of new treatments, preventions and ultimately, a cure.

 

NFL Players Tackle Alzheimer’s in the My Cause My Cleats Initiative

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During week13 of the NFL season you may have noticed player’s cleats looking a bit different, a bit unique, a bit custom.

As part of their new initiative, My Cause My Cleats, NFL players wore custom cleats to raises awareness and proceeds for the charities that they are passionate about.

Due to the success of the NFL’s annual Breast Cancer Awareness Month and its Salute to Service program, the use of custom cleats—pink for Breast Cancer Awareness and camouflage for Salute to Service—sparked an idea, and after talking with various players, the My Cause My Cleats initiative was born.

Anna Isaacson, the NFL’s senior vice president of social responsibility, mentioned to Bleacher Report this has been a concept two years in the making. “It was important to give players a platform for their stories to come out and be told. We also wanted to make sure there was a visual element to tell those stories.

Anyone who knows me, will know that football is my favorite sport and for the number of hits (no pun intended) that the NFL takes at times; I want to give them some love for this awesome initiative and for allowing a little fun with the uniforms.

If you’re looking to become an advocate for a cause, there are several foundations and charities represented by the players that provide a great launch point and I have included the pdf below that features most, if not all, of the players who participated in this campaign and their corresponding causes.

And though there are many great causes represented, I have to give a huge Thank You to David Amerson (#29) of the Oakland Raiders, Brandon Coleman (#16) and De’Vante Harris (#21) of the New Orleans Saints, Stephon Gilmore (#24) of the Buffalo Bills, Mike Iupati (#76) and Stefán Taylor (#30) of the Arizona Cardinals, who choose to stand up for Alzheimer’s and are giving a voice to end this disease.

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David Amerson’s cleats
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Brandon Coleman’s cleats

 

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National Family Caregivers Month and Caregivers Tips

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Bringing awareness to Alzheimer’s and Caregiving never ends but it is the last day of the designated month where the Alzheimer’s Association focuses its attention on an important intersection between National Family Caregiver’s and Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness, by raising awareness on each individual campaign and how they intertwine. National Family Caregivers Month honors the relatives, friends and neighbors involved in caring for family members needing assistance in the home.

Lets say you are a new caregiver, what do you do first?

I’m honest, you may need to cry and let it out because sometimes all that you can do is stand, be uncomfortable with the moment and then release it. Once you’ve let it all go, it’s time to move forward because nothing is changing yet everything you’re dealing with is changing. In the beginning of my mother’s changes, I didn’t have a plan, making it through each day was my plan. But when I was able to get her engaged into a TV program, listening to music or even helping me out with a chore, like folding towels which was her favorite. Helping me out made her feel good that she was still needed and viewed as able person; those moments were my time to make lists, make appointments, plot my best course of action in order to be the best that I could be for her. As well as take stock of what my needs were in order to be the best caregiver to her, our home and our dog.

A family caregiver provides countless of unpaid hours that can eventually take effect on you physically. In a later post I will get into the physical effects, but this post is about the recognition of caregivers and if you are one, what you can do to start organizing your life.

Start with a check list and list, which will serve as a guide to get you thinking about papers and information you’ll need at the ready, what information you currently don’t have and should and making sure everything you need for your loved one is in a designated location where you can go to grab it. I highly recommend using folders, I used an accordion style folder to keep all of my mother’s papers together and it provided a section for each subject matter, doctors, financial, medical, etc.

Here is a recommended checklist to get you or someone you know started:

  • Birth certificate
  • Social Security records
  • Health and life insurance records
  • The names and phone numbers of your primary care doctor, as well as significant specialists
  • Advance directives. If you don’t have an advance directive, start with your family doctor, attorney or long-term care facility
  • Medical documentation
  • Military records
  • Pertinent marriage, divorce, death certificates

Financial documents:

  • Trust and Will documents
  • Assets and sources of income
  • Bank accounts/safe-deposit box
  • Mortgage and/or property and land ownership papers
  • Investment records
  • Credit cards
  • The most recent income tax return
  • Loans, payments and balances

Other resources for caregivers are:

CareGiving.com

Leezas Care Connection

National Alliance for Caregiving 

Alzheimer’s Association